Many business card scanners pull double duty and are able to digitalize other cards and documents. The IDscan, formerly known as the Scanhsell 800N, is one of these scanners. In addition to scanning business cards, it is also designed to scan ID cards, medical insurance cards and credit cards. The scanned images can then be attached to customer files and safely saved. This is very useful for busy doctor and dentist offices that have to quickly scan multiple ID cards throughout the day.

This device doesn't come with software. Instead, there are instructions to download the needed program from the internet. Following simple instructions, you are able to download and install the driver onto your PC. Using the USB cord, you then connect IDscan to your computer and begin scanning.

When we tested the IDscan, we used a variety of business cards of different thickness and finishes. These included foil ink, UV spot finishes and cards printed on plastic, wood and cork. The images were very dark, grainy and difficult to see compared to those scanners that ranked on our review of the top 10 business card scanners. The thickness of the card didn't seem to have an impact on the overall quality of the scanned images.

This comparison shows the difference in scan quality between IDscan (left) and a higher-ranked scanner (right).

Some cards that were printed on more brightly colored backgrounds showed up a little better, but overall the quality of the images were not that great. These images are fine if you just simply need to have an image of your client's ID card, but they are not very effective if you're trying to build up your contact list. IDscan only scans in black and white, while the best business card scanners on our comparison scan in color.

Once the images are scanned they are saved in a folder on your desktop. From here you can import them into Outlook or another compatible contact program. This is different from other scanners that can come with programs designed to automatically import scanned images into a variety of contact programs. IDscan also doesn't have duplexing capabilities, which means you will have to flip over the business card and rescan in order to have an image of both sides.

IDscan isn't the best solution for creating digital images of your business cards and creating a content database. It would a good fit if you need a basic, scanned image of client ID cards to attach to computer files. However, some cards with dark backgrounds or dull colors may not show up as well.

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